One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the plants languished and died’
weaken, grow weak, deteriorate, decline, go into a decline
wither, droop, flag, wilt, fade, fail, waste away
informal go downhill
2‘the general is now languishing in prison’
waste away, rot, decay, wither away, moulder, be abandoned, be neglected, be forgotten, suffer
be disregarded, experience hardship
3‘she still languished after Richard’
pine for, yearn for, ache for, long for, sigh for, desire, want, hanker after, carry a torch for
grieve for, mourn, miss
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